~ Submitted by Randy Austin
Fire prevention week is October 09-15 and this year’stheme is “Protect your family from fire” . Many of you have already seen, the theme for our 2012 calendar is firefighters and their families and we are handing out free smoke alarms to help protect you and your families from fire.
On Monday October 03 we will be continuing with our calendar fund raising door to door campaign. Your interest and support so far has been fantastic. Thank you. We will also be having our annual Open House at the firehall on Saturday October 15. We will be giving demonstrations of our equipment throughout the day. Watch for further notices for this event. At 6:30 pm on Wednesday October 12 there will be a province-wide home fire drill where each household is asked to prepare an escape plan and at 6:30 gather outside at your meeting place and account for any missing people. Our fire trucks will be around your neighbourhood to monitor all the action. Listen for our sirens!
Our fireworks on Halloween will begin at 7:30pm October 31. The bonfire will be lit at 6:30pm. As always, we will be serving free hotdogs and hot chocolate. Be sure to bring down the little ones.
Our fire ban has been lifted but remember that there is no open burning until October 15. Incinerator fires and campfires are allowed but remember to get a free incinerator permit from the Lantzville municipal office.
- Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
- For best performance, an alarm should be mounted on the ceiling in or near the centre of the room, hall or stairway, and at the head of each stairway leading to an occupied area.
- Optimum location for wall mounts is at least 15 cm (6 inches) from the ceiling but not more than 30 cm (19 inches) from it.
- Avoid installing where the temperature is less than 5 Co (41 Fo) or exceeds 48 Co (119 Fo).
- Keep alarms away from doors and windows.
- Never locate an alarm in front of an air register, fan or vent.
- Smoke alarms in rooms with ceiling slopes greater than 30 cm (one foot) rise per 2.4 m (eight feet) horizontally should be located on the high side of the room.
- Never paint a smoke alarm.
- Keep alarms 60 to 90 cm (two to three feet) away from light fixtures.
- Test your smoke alarm monthly and clean it every 6 months. Mark it on your calendar so that you don’t forget.
Things to remember when testing your smoke alarm:
- Ensure that power is being transmitted to the alarm and that it will activate in the presence of smoke.
- Test your smoke alarm by pressing the test button.
- Battery-operated smoke alarms will warn you when batteries need replacing. Despite this, make it a habit to change the batteries yearly.
- When you’ve been away from home for a few days, check your alarm on your return to ensure it is working properly.
- The lifespan of a typical smoke alarm is about 10 years, but some models last as little as 5 years.
- When having an alarm connected into the electrical wiring system of a house you should:
- Use a qualified electrical contractor.
- Never install the alarm in the electrical circuit except at the main panel. Alarms must also never be installed in a circuit connected to an on/off switch.